Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pre-Nano: World Building

Originally posted 2010

This is going to be short and to the point. Whether you are writing sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, or whatever--go to SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions.

There are questions to cover:
  • The World Basics
  • Physical and historical features
  • Magic and Magicians
  • People and Customs
  • Social Organization
  • Commercial, Trade and Public Life
  • Daily Life
Each of the above categories have more things listed under them. It says "This should not be considered as an exhaustive and final list, but as a beginning point from which each individual writer can compile a personal list." Yeah? Well it sure is a great place to start with more questions than I ever would have thought to ask myself.


I cut and pasted all of the questions into a word document. It is a 36 page list of questions! You can get it Here.


  1. GREAT lists, thanks! Definitely stuff to think about to make our novels more real!

  2. That is an excellent list! I didn't hit every one for my second book, but I covered most when creating the planet of Tgren.


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